Joe Satriani
Super Colossal


4.5
superb

Review

by Mr. Lean Mug USER (112 Reviews)
March 17th, 2006 | 112 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Joe Satriani. How much can possibly be said about this man? One of the most influential and innovative guitarists in history, as well as an excellent teacher, Satriani has been an inspiration to musicians (including myself) the world over.

His solo instrumental work overflows with style and soulful taste, encompassing genres ranging from rock to jazz to the blues and beyond. On each of his albums, Satch has created something truly wonderful and moving. Fans eagerly await to hear from each and every one of his releases and almost all of them find themselves pleased with his music, whether it’s instrumental or vocal. Joe Satriani is the kind of man that has transcended beyond something that can easily classified. And yet, in many ways, Satch remains and enigma. No matter what, however, many will admit to Satch as being something of an experience and on his latest release, Super Colossal, it’s easy to see why.

Super Colossal is one of those albums where you might hear or read an artist mention as being “my favorite album, despite being a later work" or something of that nature. While it’s true that this is Satch’s twelfth studio album, it is by no means a retread or sub-par to its forbearers. No, Super Colossal continues to move Satch’s career to dizzying new heights.

The title track starts off spacey and hard. It’s a fairly “out-there" track that epitomizes but a single drop of Satriani’s pool of virtuosity. On songs such as “Just Like Lightnin’" and “Movin’ On" Satch has embraced a higher, more-intonated sound than most of his previous work. This is a change that I personally welcome with open arms. It adds a sense of even greater diversity to the album.

“Theme For A Strange World" and “One Robot’s Dream" are other spacey tracks that combine Satch’s unique style of playing with hard-pounding drums as well as other interesting sounds and effects. Everything meshes together in near-perfect synergy. “Redshift Riders," “A Love Eternal," “Ten Words," and “Made of Tears" showcase a mellower sound of Satch’s. Epic and deep, these songs might almost bring a tear to your eyes. “The Meaning of Love" falls into a crack in-between being hard, soft, and psychedelic at the same time. The ending song, “Crowd Chant" combines Satch’s masterful guitar work with the sound of an elated crowd in the background. This is probably the most unique piece of work on Super Colossal, as well as being a great way to end an album. One of the deepest songs on the album is “Ten Words." This instrumental track is as epic as it is moving. Emotion literally pours itself from this song. It is truly a worthy experience. “Ten Words" is essential Joe Satriani.

Joe Satriani continues to astound, impress, mystify, and perhaps even confuse with Super Colossal. Satch still has the magic and talent to create something that is truly epic. If you love Joe Satriani, or simply music in general, do yourself a favor and purchase this album.

Pros:
Impressive, unique array of tracks
"Ten Words"

Cons:
May not appeal to everyone



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-anti.hero-
March 17th 2006


29 Comments


good review, and good album, kudos

The Jungler
March 17th 2006


4827 Comments


I think I belong in the Cons section. He always seemed so cheesy to me, but maybe I don't listen to the right songs.
Nice reveiw though

pattern_recognition
March 17th 2006


950 Comments


For my money satch is the best guitarist in the world at the moment, not because of blinding technicality (vai beats him there), but because he always plays the exact right thing at the right time. He seems to have that supernatural sense of what goes where, and all his songs are arranged beautifully. Unlike a lot of instrumental artists, the songs don't blur together, and they're each memorable in their own right.
Plus he can shred like a bastard.
Great album, great artist, great review. Good stuff, rouge poet.

benkickass
March 18th 2006


146 Comments


Satch kicks ass, and i will check out this album as soon as i can.
Vai is better...
but satch is still one of todays most amazing players.

good reveiw


pattern_recognition
March 18th 2006


950 Comments


If Vai is better, then i'm a frog named nancy.
Vai lacks the soul of satch, and is too preoccupied with making weird noises and being 'quirky'.
*cough* satch has better tone too...

benkickass
March 18th 2006


146 Comments


dear sir,

you are a frog named nacy.

both guitarists are amazing and they are both completley uniuqe musicians

oh, and *cough* i really don't care

pattern_recognition
March 18th 2006


950 Comments


Hah, nicely said. They are both amazing, but the tie breaker is that the cover photo of satch's anthology was less fruity than the cover photo of vai's.
Anyway, agree to disagree. Well played sir.

benkickass
March 18th 2006


146 Comments


ha
okay nancy
your alright man

Hatshepsut
March 21st 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't Satriani teach Vai and Hammet?

pattern_recognition
March 21st 2006


950 Comments


Yep. He's like the zen master of guitar.

Siro
March 28th 2006


24 Comments


he also taught alex Skolnick from metal band teastment. Alex is now a jazz player.

musicforlife
April 1st 2006


81 Comments


I just bought this, it's amazing.

thunderzstruck
April 2nd 2006


148 Comments


Ten Words is a very awesome song

messiah167
April 19th 2006


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Satch holds back a bit in his playing on this IMO he doesn't shred as much like he used to...must be his old age lol. Its a great album though i love A Cool New Way and Just Like Lightning is funky as hell.

Huber
April 24th 2006


66 Comments


I wish I can be at a show and yell along with Crowd Chant.

Deconstruction
April 24th 2006


18 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I am going to see him live tonight...But I havent heard too much from this album.

Fade.To.Black
April 25th 2006


85 Comments


Can anyone tell me the Steve Vai track that is so awesome that makes him better than Satch. Cause i still havent heard one.

pattern_recognition
April 25th 2006


950 Comments


Vai himself admits that Satch is the most instinctively melodic guitarist he's ever met.
They're both awesome, just in different ways. In terms of innovation though, Jeff Beck smokes both of them. The sounds Beck has got his guitar to make on his last few albums have just been inconceivable.
Personally, Satch is my favourite, but then I like his whole zen-master thing. He's like a badass guitar samurai, wandering the world and dispensing melody where it's needed.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dunno, I think the guitarist from Panic! At the Disco gives him a run for his money man.
But this album is pretty badass, I agree that Satriani is ever so slightly better than Vai, although I think Vai is slightly more "impressive". Really not sure if thats the right word I'm looking for, but meh.

overdriven101
April 26th 2006


272 Comments


i say jimi hendrix, coz he pretty much invented this type of amazing playing, but he didnt depend on speed like some other guitarists.



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